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Poster: Telephone Toughguy Date: Feb 7, 2008 2:34pm
Forum: noisecollector Subject: Re: Song quality

I can't wait. There were some good ones but some songs are not perfect so I suspect you are just a human. Path to sunshine needs a sequel, come on.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffNoiseCollector Date: Feb 7, 2008 7:21pm
Forum: noisecollector Subject: Re: Song quality

Yeah, did you see the top 10? Unfortunately people are also downloading the silly songs and the rando electronic songs I still haven't even listened to myself yet. After looking at the netlabel page and comparing download counts, we have a ways to go. We are only doing 1/10th the amount of downloads a day as some stuff, that well frankly speaking, is pretty basic and monotonous. There are things that sound like rehashed Atari Teenage Riot mixed with lamo goth and emo music.

We need to step it up a few notches, there is no reason for us not to have at least one item in the netlabel top 10. We can do better. So going forward here are some ideas:

1. Cutout the slop- I used to live and die by the one take track no matter what. That was stupid, we need to tweak and tweak our tracks till they are as close to perfect as they can be performance wise. That means keeping the guitars in tune, warming up the vocal cords, practicing the material, etc. I used to improvise everything and record it all, no more, we need polished tracks.

2. Mixwise- I have been in the habit of forcing sounds together that work in my head but do not translate well to the ear. Not everyone is like us and looks for the music in the sound. Not everyone says to themselves, hey I get what they are trying to do here. We need to do, not try. I need to make sure the tracks blend and for that I need maximum quality tracks, garbage in garbage out. Keep your levels hot but clip free. I need to use the EQ on the mixer and in the software better, learning more everyday.

3. Polishing- I rarely use the mastering software I have, sometimes I rerun the master tracks back through the multitrack software and use it's compression to raise the overall volume, that sucks. The compressor is great on individual tracks to a point then starts to distort, on mixes I notice the distortion immediately no matter how discreet the compression is. I also think we need to release multi file items with more consistent keywords (this is an area where we have seen progress) and item descriptions.

4. Advertising- We need to find another way besides myspace and these forums to get the word out. I have been looking into other sites of blogging, hosting and networking for easy ways to get traffic, any ideas would be helpful.

Maybe these 4 steps can put us remaining contributing musicians on the map and unlike the people I know who have made it somewhat in the music industry, I will remember and bring along whomever I can so we can all live full meaningful lives. I will not sit around with my new smug friends and act like the guys from Omnipresence, remember them?